CIO Ethical Responsibilities
Privacy is of key concern since sensitive information concerning the students was collected. A person understands that private information will not be made available to third parties once it is collected. There are many risks associated with giving out personal information. Some schools collect students’ social security numbers. People with bad intentions can use such information for malicious purposes. They can steal a person’s identity or use their information to conduct other illegal affairs such as fraud. Unauthorized access can lead to a situation where the students will cheat on their exams since they know what is contained in the tests. Information on the tests can be changed. Another issue concerns the ownership of information. It is important to address this issue, as it will ensure that credit is given to whoever came up with the information. The person took the time to research the information and it is their intellectual property.
Janet should have consulted the other members of the faculty when she decided to use their work. She passed the work as her own without giving credit to other people whose work she had used. Therefore, it was unethical of her not to consider crediting other sources of information. Janet was a member of the faculty and she had worked with the other team members during the entire period of the project. She was qualified to access the database and she did so using her own login credentials. She did not access the information illegally or use any unauthorized means to get what she required. However, she should have informed the professors whose work she used as they might have had a problem with her using their materials. The question owners understand that any information they create is subject to copyright law. They understand that the iSec-Cert group has the right to the exam. It does not matter whether the questions are in prior use since they are already subject to the law.